Weston-super-Mare head coach 'proud' of 'brilliant' Seagulls after impressive performance at Oxford City

PUBLISHED: 15:00 26 October 2016

Scott Bartlett in the Oxford dugout. Picture: Will T Photography

Scott Bartlett in the Oxford dugout. Picture: Will T Photography

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Weston head coach Scott Bartlett hailed his side's performance after they secured a 0-0 draw at Oxford City on Saturday and says he is 'proud' of the team for their hard work.

Brad Ash away at Oxford. Picture: Will T PhotographyBrad Ash away at Oxford. Picture: Will T Photography

Both sides had chances to win the game but an impressive defensive performance from the Seagulls sealed a much-needed point on the road.

Bartlett has not been backwards in coming forwards since he took on the role of head coach last month but he told the Mercury he was ‘really pleased’ with his players.

He said: “I felt we needed to build a solid spine and that is what we worked on in training. I thought we were excellent defensively today. I am really happy for the boys and they have got something from the game as they have worked so hard.

“This was a real progression for me and I don’t want to single anyone out as it was a real team performance. I said to the boys you don’t work as hard as they have and not get anything from games.

Kane Ingram on the ball. Picture: Will T PhotographyKane Ingram on the ball. Picture: Will T Photography

“We had enough chances to win the game and I am really happy with them and for them. I am a little bit disappointed we didn’t come away with three points. But it is a difficult place to come and they are scrapping for their lives and I thought we did brilliantly.”

When asked about Fortune’s future at the club, following his absence from the squad, Bartlett said: “Clayton has been a good player for Weston for a number of years but I just felt if I wasn’t going to use him today there was no point bringing him along. I want us to have a competitive squad and if that means some are left out and left at home then so be it.”

Weston host Hampton and Richmond at The Woodspring Stadium on Saturday and Bartlett is hoping his first will come in front of the Seagulls’ home fans.

He added: “On paper now and what I am seeing in training and today I think we have a good squad together now.

Kane Ingram fights for the ball. Picture: Will T PhotographyKane Ingram fights for the ball. Picture: Will T Photography

“I can afford to be a little bit patient and make sure we get the right people in. Before there was a need to shake it up a little bit and bring some boys in. Now we can sit down and have a look at what we do.

“It is little bits at a time but if I didn’t think the bits away from the game – like the eating together and the analysis wasn’t going to have an impact then I wouldn’t do it.”

Keep an eye on the Mercury website on Saturday for a full match report and post-match reaction from Bartlett.

Kick-off at The Woodspring will be at 3pm.

The players gather after the game at Oxford City. Picture: Will T PhotographyThe players gather after the game at Oxford City. Picture: Will T Photography

Have you seen our behind-the-scenes footage of what really goes on at Weston Football Club? If not, click on this link to see exclusive videos of the players in training.

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